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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Gymnasium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: URS Aleksandr Medved
Silver: TUR Ahmet Ayık
Bronze: BUL Said Mustafov

Summary

The favorite was Soviet Aleksandr Medved, the 1962-63 World Champion, although still also highly considered was the redoubtable Iranian Gholam Reza Takhti, the 1956 gold medalist and 1960 silver medalist. Takhti was eliminated after round five, with Medved joining Bulgarian Said Mustafov and Turkey’s Ahmet Ayık in the final round. Ayık and Mustafov had already fought to a draw in round one and Ayık and Medved had drawn in round three. When he pinned Mustafov in 39 seconds in the only final round match, Medved won the gold medal. This would be the first of three consecutive gold medals for Medved, who would win gold in 1968 and 1972 as a heavyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Aleksandr Medved 27 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Ahmet Ayık 26 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Said Mustafov 31 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Gholam Reza Takhti 34 Iran IRI
5 Peter Jutzeler 24 Switzerland SUI
6 Gerald Conine 24 United States USA
AC Heinz Kiehl 21 Germany GER Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Imre Vígh 26 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Maruti Mane 26 India IND Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Shunichi Kawano 27 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Hugh Williams 31 Australia AUS Eliminated r3/6 9
AC Francisc Balla 31 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Lennart Eriksson 25 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Tony Buck 27 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Sión Cóhen 29 Panama PAN Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Ölziisaikhany Erdene-Ochir 28 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/6 8